ENGLISH WORKS

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Creatively communicating the idiosyncrasies of the English language to adult ESL learners
 
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This handout is a good example for adult ESL learners in where to place the adverb "only" in order to restrict an idea in their sentence. Often, they will place "only" incorrectly and not get the restriction they had intended. The students can
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This is an intriguing example of the many uses of the word "up". Many adult ESL learners are pleasantly challenged and sometimes exasperated with so many uses; they can't quite put their finger on a specific rule. Some of these combinations with
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Adult ESL learners are more than often completely confused with how and when to use 2-Word Phrasal Verbs, which are so commonly used in English not only in standard English but also in idioms and slang. It's important for them to familiarize
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This packet contains 40 pages of over 300 idiomatic expressions based on animals, the body, and work. It combines all three of my idiom products: Animals Are Hiding in My English!, "Body" Language, and Heard at Work for a lower price. The format
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"Let's look at it this way!" is what I would say to my adult ESL students when they couldn't figure out the explanations in our textbooks or they just needed to consolidate all the information into an easy handout. This PDF version of the
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This is the second edition of "Let's Look At It This Way!", already available in my store in a PDF version. This new edition contains new handouts and a special section on over 300 idioms based on animals, the body, and work. The handouts in this
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This packet contains a simple decision tree for students to learn how and when to delete relative pronouns from an Adjective Clause. Deletion depends on whether or not the clause is Restrictive (Essential) or Non-Restrictive (Non-Essential). For
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In English, we use a customary order when we string adjectives together to modify a noun. For the adult ESL learner, this is usually an enigma, and more likely than not, the American English speaker that they may ask to explain why we say "long red
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Cinquains are a fun and creative way for ESL students to practice the use and relationship of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. Cinquains are 5-line poems that follow a simple and structured formula. Once students become familiar with the
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This chart is designed to give adult ESL learners an easy reference for the formation and use of adjective, adverb, and noun clauses. Many other handouts, including this one, are contained in my book, "Let's Look At It This Way!", which is available
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This is a simple handout that my students used as a reference for when they thought they might want or need to use a colon. What most of us get wrong is not preceding a colon with an independent clause.
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This is a chart that explains how to form factual and hypothetical conditional statements in the Past, Present, and Future. For many ESL adult learners, the tense shifts between factual and hypothetical conditional statements are really confusing.
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I created this handout for my adult ESL students to help them remember the proper "subject-verb" agreement when using "either or" and "neither nor" if one subject is singular and one subject is plural.
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This packet contains a chart showing the most common verbs that can be followed by gerunds and/or infinitives and their appropriate patterns. Also included is a worksheet outlining the various patterns for using gerunds and infinitives with sample
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This is a 30-page collection of over 150 idiomatic expressions based on animals (e.g. "He made a bee line for home;" "It was the straw that broke the camel's back;" etc.) that I've compiled for my students in order to give them a user-friendly
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This is a collection of common idioms and expressions based on parts of the body. Although many ESL adult learners have these idioms in their own language, they always seem to appreciate a listing and explanation in English because sometimes an
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This is a collection of idiomatic expressions and jargon that my ESL adult learners have encountered in their workplaces. This is a very helpful list for employees in a variety of situations: on the factory floor, in team or staff meetings, in the
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Many of my students over the years have had difficulty with indefinite pronouns, especially when to use "another" or "the other/s". I put this handout together for them to remind them of the choices and sequence of indefinite pronouns. I hope you
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This is a simple "visual" that assisted my adult ESL students in understanding the concept of Inductive and Deductive Reasoning, especially if they had never previously heard about it or understood it. This was born out of my former community
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This handout is an easy reference for adult ESL students who need to know the correct words, phrases, and punctuation for introducing examples.Many other handouts, including this one, are contained in my book, "Let's Look At It This Way!", which is
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

TEACHING EXPERIENCE -- LEP adults in multi-lingual classes in academic English as a Second Language in programs at the university and community college level. Classes taught include: Beginning/Intermediate/Advanced Grammar; Basic and Intermediate Pronunciation Intermediate/Advanced Composition --OWNER: English Works, an ESL tutoring service in person and via Skype --CURRICULUM DEVELOPED: "Basic and Intermediate Pronunciation" for the English Language Institute at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. "Workplace ESL" - a vocational ESL curriculum which can be tailored to a specific work environment or delivered generically in an adult ESL program. My students have particularly liked the handouts I have designed which sometimes better present and clarify textbook material. I am offering those handouts individually in my store and as a collection in the book I've published: "Let's Look At It This Way!" TEACHING IN CHINA: I have taught three on-line ESL Methodology training sessions for Chinese English teachers at a college in Taiyuan; I have also been the "lead teacher" for the Short Comprehensive Summer English Program for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2015, 2016, 2017 (2-3 weeks each summer in Beijing)

MY TEACHING STYLE

Although I enjoy private tutoring because of a more student-driven agenda, I have also long enjoyed the creative challenges and regimen of a curriculum-driven agenda in an academic environment. I am a well-prepared and energetic instructor who emphasizes critical thinking in the language learning process and challenges students to be "language detectives". I have converted many of my grammar lessons to Power Point Presentations which seem to be effective learning aides for visual learners. I am myself a language student of Mandarin, so I respect the language learning process and try to make it as meaningful and efficient as possible for my students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I received the award of Adjunct faculty member of the year for our Math/English Division at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2011. I teach ESL in the English Language Institute of the Division but was chosen among all the adjuncts teaching in the entire division.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara Master or Arts in Teaching - Bilingual & Multi-Cultural Education Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, Alaska

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In 1992 and 1993, I was the team leader for two teams of educational volunteers into China (English Language Institute, China) to teach English to Chinese high school English teachers. We ran two summer programs where I gave lectures on ESL methodology and the other volunteers actually taught ESL classes. .In 2014, I published "Let's Look At It This Way!", a compilation of "student approved" reproducible handouts for adult Intermediate and Advanced level ESL students. These handouts supplement, consolidate, and clarify content in the textbooks used in our curriculum. My students have often used the handouts in regular classes and keep them for years later. I am currently working on my second book: Making My Amazing Happen (So You Think You Want to Teach English in China?). It sums up my five teaching trips to China and my three on-line methodology training sessions with Chinese English teachers. I've included reflections about the culture and ESL/EFL methodology.

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